Slap on wrist for Roughriders makes CFL salary cap look like dunce cap

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Weston Dressler hoists the Grey Cup after defeating the...

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Weston Dressler hoists the Grey Cup after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Nov. 24, 2013. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

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So the Saskatchewan Roughriders broke the rules again, slipping a little more green into the wallets of the hired help than the rules allow, last season.

The CFL on Wednesday revealed the Grey Cup champs were the only one of eight teams to thumb their noses at the league’s $4.4 million salary cap.

For this transgression, Gang Green must pay a major penance, of course, because the league office takes these things seriously.

“The salary cap system was brought into the CFL to provide competitive balance and business prudence,” Mark Cohon, commissioner of the three-down game, said in a statement. “And the fact that seven of eight teams were under the cap continues to illustrate that our teams believe in this system...”

The Riders, by extension, do not.

It’s been seven years since the CFL doffed its fiscal hard hat, and the banjo pickers are the only ones who consistently turn it sideways.

Four times in those seven seasons, Saskatchewan has overspent.


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